Faversham Food Festival has been initiated by a few local people who share a belief that a nationally respected Food Festiva is important to the town and the food producers and consumers in the town and its hinterland. The organisers are passionate volunteers; their reward is the pleasure of seeing people enjoy local Faversham food and drink and the success of the businesses and groups which take part each year.

The concept is simple. The Faversham Food Festival provides an umbrella for groups, businesses and venues in the town who wish to use the annual Food Festival weekend to promote local food and drink.

This year the following organisations are taking part – if you would like to join and organise something over the festival weekend, please get in touch.



Ale Trail


Drinks Pavilion

Alexander Centre

Pudding Tasting & stalls in the church

St Mary of Charity

Medieval Activity

Hartley Company

Abbey Physic Community Garden

Abbey Physic Community Garden

The Charter Market on Saturday and Sunday is organised by Faversham Markets.  Mentioned in the Domesday book and located in the heart of Faversham’s historic town centre, with it’s stilted Guildhall, town pump and medieval buildings as a backdrop, we are very proud of our market and it’s status as the oldest market in Kent.

Kent is The Garden of England and is known throughout the world for the quality of its produce. Faversham and the area around it is at the heart of this.

Our aim is to celebrate everything that Faversham has, put Faversham firmly on the food and agriculture map and ensure Faversham is recognised as the foremost centre of food and agriculture in the UK with:

  • People visiting throughout the year to eat in our restaurants, buy local food in our markets and shops and visit our farms and producers to experience where their food comes from
  • Food lovers asking for Faversham produce locally, nationally and internationally
  • Our farms recognised as being at the forefront of agriculture experts in the UK
  • Food buyers and industry regarding Faversham and its producers as their first stop when they are looking for produce

Why Faversham?
Faversham is in the heart of Kent’s garden of England. The Faversham Food Festival is run annually to celebrate its fine locally produced food and drink. Now in its third year the Festival provides an opportunity for people to enjoy and celebrate what the East Kent triangle has to offer. Back in 2009  Elizabeth Carter, editor of The Good Food Guide and her contributors identified an area of excellence known as “the East Kent Triangle” – and the local food and drink offer has got significantly better since then.

“With Faversham forming one corner, Whitstable and Canterbury the others, it features not just acclaimed restaurants, but fishmongers, cheesemakers and markets to rival those of Ludlow – the Shropshire town that a decade ago became the epicentre of British gastron­omy due to its galaxy of Michelin stars.” Read more here.

As well as being at the heart of agricultural output, Faversham boasts a range of eateries and is a bustling market town with Kent’s oldest charter market, being mentioned in the doomsday book of 1086. The Faversham Farmers Club was founded in 1727, very probably the oldest club in Britain.  The Canterbury Farmers Club, which still meets, was founded in 1793.

Whilst Whitstable is noted for its oysters, (in many quarters Faversham’s lesser known oysters are as renowned) and Canterbury primarily for its architectural and cultural history, it is Faversham which is at the heart of agricultural production. Kentish hops, apple orchards for cider, eating and cooking, the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale fruit centre, Faversham oysters, significant soft fruit production, Macknade Fine Foods and England’s oldest brewery Shepherd Neame, all thrive in a town with good road and rail links to London and mainland Europe via the ferries and the Channel Tunnel.

Download Powerpoint Presentation introducing the Faversham Food Festival

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